Shin Wolsong 2 fuel loading completed

21 November 2014

South Korea's Shin Wolsong 2 has been loaded with its first core of nuclear fuel as it prepares for commissioning.

KHNP staff celebrate the completion of fuel loading at Shin Wolsong 2 (Image: KHNP)

Fuel loading began at the 1050 MWe OPR-1000 reactor on 14 November after South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) issued an operating licence to Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) for the reactor on 13 November. Fuel loading of the OPR-1000 reactor began the following day. The unit is scheduled to begin commercial operation in July 2015.

Construction began on Shin Wolsong 2 in 2008 and was completed in 2013, but NSSC withheld permission for the reactor to start up following a discovery in May of that year that safety-related control cabling with falsified documentation had been installed at four reactors. The NSSC approved the restart of the other affected reactors - Shin Kori units 1 and 2 and Shin Wolsong unit 1 - in January 2014 after the completion of recabling work.

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by World Nuclear News